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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Spring Edition 2014

Understanding The Sixth Trumpet Sounding

In the interior of this newsletter we saw that the fifth trumpet sounding refers to the 200 year period between 1815 and 2015, in which many false religions would arise from the fertile soil of Western democracy to lead multitudes astray. All of this deception from the bottomless pit is a preparation for the opening of the sixth trumpet, which we read about in Revelation 9:13-21.

We notice in 9:14 that the forces for destruction that are momentarily unleashed come from the north---from the Euphrates River that lies to the northeast of Palestine and seperates east from west. We compare this with 16:12-14 and see that it is the “kings of the east” who are being summoned to come and destroy Babylon, in what is proverbially called “the battle of Armageddon.”
The demonic influences that created Babylon (the West) under the 200 year long rule of democracy during the sounding of the fifth trumpet, now transition for her destruction under the sounding of the sixth. These forces were being prepared “for an hour, a day, a month, and a year to slay the third part of men” (9:15). Compare this with 16:19, where we see the great city Babylon divided into three parts
at the end, as well.

We should not confuse this “third part” expression of Revelation 9:15 and 16:19 with the first four trumpet soundings of Revelation chapter eight, where a third part of the earth is said to be destroyed. We have previously explained in our 3rd quarter 2012 edition of this newsletter that Revelation chapter eight applies, not to our future, but to the apocalyptic end of the old Jewish economy at the beginning of the Christian era. The nation of Israel wiill never again be prophetically significant, but the Jewish issue still has a role to play in the end-game. That role is through another one of those demonic false religious forces unleashed during the sounding of the fifth trumpet after 1815, called Zionism (see more about this inside).

According to Revelation 16:19 at the time of Armageddon (not merely a physical battle, but an intense spiritual conflict coming to a head, as well) the great city Babylon will be divided into three parts, suggestive of the fact that the nations will be sharply divided over the Israeli issue.

Zionism now controls the USA, which is leader of the West. At the sixth trumpet sounding this revived third part will fall, just like old Jerusalem earlier! The difference now is that the ruin will come more cataclysmically (cf. 9:15; and 17:16-17 with 18:8, 10, 17, 19)---just as it was in the days of Noah!

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